Feast in CLE

June 27, 2017
Feast in CLE

The Feast of the Assumption is Cleveland's Little Italy at its best


If everyone's Irish on St. Paddy's Day, then everyone's Italian on the Feast of the Assumption. And Cleveland's Little Italy is the place to celebrate.

From Aug. 12 through Aug. 15, Little Italy will be serving up your favorite Italian foods, great entertainment and plenty of culture as it celebrates The Feast. Though it's a primarily religious celebration, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone to enjoy at this eclectic block party.

Here’s your guide to the 119th Feast of the Assumption.

Festival Hours

Saturday, August 12: Noon to Midnight
Sunday, August 13: Noon to 11 p.m.
Monday, August 14: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Tuesday, August 15: Noon to 11 p.m.


The Church Yard Stands and amusement park rides will be open during all festival hours. There is a special matinee price for rides available from noon to 6 p.m. only.

1-5 p.m.: Ronnie Fiorentino (Church Yard Tent)
8:30-10:30 p.m.: Italian Band of Cleveland (on Mayfield Rd.)
8:30-11:30 p.m.: Gli Italiani (Church Yard Tent)

1-5 p.m.: Tony Midea & Avanti Band (Church Yard Tent)
6:30 p.m.: Cleveland Opera Theater & Holy Rosary Choir, Concert (front steps of church)
7:30 p.m.: Primavera Band (performing on Mayfield Rd.)
7-11 p.m.: Nick Costa (Church Yard Tent)
8:30-10:30 p.m.: Italian Band of Cleveland (performing on Mayfield Rd.)

6:30 p.m.: Primavera Band with Italian Choral Group (in front of church)
7-10 p.m.: Run Avril Run (in Church Yard Tent)
8:30-10:30 p.m.: Italian Band of Cleveland (performing on Mayfield Rd.)

5-9 p.m.: Denny DeSapri (Church Yard Tent)
6:30 p.m.: Primavera Band (performing on Mayfield Rd.)
8:30-10:30 p.m.: Italian Band of Cleveland (performing on Mayfield Rd.)

There will be a procession through the streets of Little Italy following the 10 a.m. solemn mass on the 15th. Then after the 8 p.m. mass that same day, there will be a candlelit procession through the streets. Fireworks will cap off the entire event as well.


Little Italy restaurants like Angelo’s Nido Italia Ristorante, Corbo’s Bakery, Guarino’s Restaurant, La Dolce Vita, Maxi’s, Mia Bella, Presti’s Bakery and Trattoria will serve up their classics at stands in front of their usual business locations. There will also be street vendors selling almost everything you can think of. Roasted nuts, kettle corn, artichokes, gyros, lemonade, frozen yogurt, elephant ears, clams, funnel cakes and more will be available on Mayfield Rd. during the festival.

On Aug. 15, Holy Rosary Church will host a sit-down cavatelli dinner from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the lower level of the church. The dinner will be $8 for adults and $5 for children for cavatelli, meatball, salad, bread/butter, beverage and cake. You won't want to miss it.

Mass Times

Holy Rosary Church will offer a variety of times to celebrate the holy day at mass. Listed below are the scheduled times.

Saturday, August 12: Vigil Mass for Sunday 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 13: Regular Sunday schedule: 8:30 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.; 8 p.m.
Monday, August 14: Vigil Mass 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 15 - Feast of the Assumption: 8:00 a.m.; 10:00 a.m. (Solemn Mass); Noon and 8:00 p.m. (procession to follow)


With scarce parking in Little Italy, opt for public transportation to eliminate the stress. The RTA Red Line now stops in Little Italy right across from Tony Brush Park. And the Health Line stops at the bottom of Mayfield Hill as it makes its way down Euclid Ave.

Mayfield Rd. will be closed during the festival. It will close one hour before the festival starts each day and open one hour after the festival ends each night.

For more information on getting to Little Italy, click here.

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